Monthly Archives: April 2017

Old Cessey’s Beach Postcard

Joey     Here is a scan of an old postcard of Cressey’s beach probobly from the 50″s? We lived just over the hill on Western Ave & trecked to the beach every week day ( weather permiting) with all the Moms & kids spending the day.

I thought you would enjoy seeing it. I was sad to see that our dragon is gone.

Cheers & Happy Summer.

If you are ever in Asheville, come by the shop & say hello. Shop name is Earth Guild.

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CAPE ANN WINGED CREATURE UPDATE

Featured: Brant Geese, Black-capped Chickadees, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue Jays, Cardinals, American Robins, Mockingbirds, Savannah Sparrows, House Finches, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Common Grackle.  

Beautiful iridescent feathers of the Common Grackle.

Spring is a fantastic time of year in Massachusetts to see wildlife, whether that be whale or winged creature. Marine species are migrating to the abundant feeding grounds of the North Atlantic as avian species are traveling along the Atlantic Flyway to summer breeding regions in the boreal forests and Arctic tundra. And, too, the bare limbs of tree branches and naked shrubs make for easy viewing of birds that breed and nest in our region. Verdant foliage that will soon spring open, although much longed for, also obscures nesting activity. Get out today and you’ll be richly rewarded by what you see along shoreline and pond bank.

Male Red-winged Blackbird singing to his lady love.

Once the trees leaf, we’ll still hear the songsters but see them less.

Nests will be hidden.

Five migrating Brant Geese were foraging on seaweed at Loblolly Cove this morning.

Red-breasted Merganser Bath Time

New candy cane curb appeal at SurfSide Subs and they’re GHS Interact Pizza Taste off winners

Opening Tomorrow–

Looks great! The green and yellow is gone, replaced by a cohesive festive summer look, red and white stripes matched up with the blue and white.

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Plus they’re heralding good news: SurfSide Subs and pizza & Ice Cream is the 2017 Rotary GHS Gloucester Interact Club‘s 10th Annual Pizza Taste Off (held at Cruiseport) winner –  3x!
1st place best overall
1st place best sauce
1st place best crust 

Look for pizza specials on Wednesdays

Gloucester foreclosures include one of the 100+ Gloucester MA houses that Edward Hopper painted

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Edward Hopper, Gloucester Houses, 1923, Whitney Museum of American Art, Josephine N Hopper bequest. You can match the boulders in Hopper’s drawing that the domiciles were built upon; Lee’s Breakfast Restaurant at the far right;  and the stacked granite blocks to the left of #7.

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Call for Entries – Cape Ann Museum Photo Contest

At the Water’s Edge

Online Photo Contest

fiss054.jpgIn conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum’s spring exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond, the Museum is hosting an online photography contest. Photographers of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit images based on the theme of “at the water’s edge” that capture the magical place often seen in Movalli’s work where land and sea meet. Photos must be taken in Rockport, Gloucester, Essex or Manchester-by-the-Sea.

For over forty years, Charles Movalli (1945–2016) was a pillar of Cape Ann’s year-round art community, a distinguished landscape and marine painter, a prolific writer and advocate for the arts and a widely respected teacher.

Submission deadline April 30 | Live Facebook voting May 5 through May 19 | Winners announced May 26

A photographer in the pulpit of a sword fishing vessel, Gloucester, MA (possibly Vincent’s Cove). Handcolored slide from the Fishermen’s Institute, c. 1921. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.

Cape Ann Museum staff will select photos for public voting on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in conveying the theme of “at the water’s edge.” Beginning on Friday, May 5, the selected photos will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook page at facebook.com/camuseum. The public will be encouraged to vote for their favorite photo(s) by “liking” them.

For more information please visit: capeannmuseum.org/waters-edge

Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: One year Cape Ann Museum Membership (Contributor or Red Cottage Society Individual level)
  • 2nd Prize: $50 Gift certificate to Museum Shop
  • 3rd Prize: Copy of Kodachrome Memory by photographer Nathan Benn

A selection of photographs, including the top three winning entries, will be displayed on the Cape Ann Museum website.

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The Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing, maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (18 and under) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

DEAD RIGHT WHALE UPDATE: MOST LIKELY KILLED BY BOAT STRIKE

Very sadly, it appears the North Atlantic Right Whale yearling found near Barnstable died from blunt trauma.

“Preliminary findings of bruising were consistent with blunt trauma,” according to NOAA Fisheries, which oversaw the necropsy. “There was no evidence of entanglement. Final diagnosis is pending ancillary laboratory tests that can take weeks or months.”

The young whale was a female, and was approximately 27 feet long. She has been identified as a one-year old offspring of Eg#4094 from the North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog born in 2016.”

According to the Cape Cod Times, “No. 4094 was born in 2010 and was nicknamed Mayport for her exploration of waters near Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, Florida. She was slightly younger than most right whales are when they start to birth. Her yearling had been seen last summer in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, off the northeast coast of Canada, an area the species has been occupying more and more recently.”

There are only five hundred of these magnificent mammals remaining on earth. Every single whale is important. The utmost caution is advised when viewing the whales. Boaters are urged to travel slowly and to keep at least 500 yards or 1500 feet away, and this includes kayakers, paddle boarders, swimmers, and rowers too.Right Whale and her calf, photographed on April 14th at Cape Cod Bay by the Center for Coastal Studies aerial team.

Read the full statement from NOAA here.

Manatee Love

Our vacation adventures continued yesterday and the boys moved on from dolphins, to tarpon feeding, to some quality time with a couple of super affectionate manatees while fishing.

Two different manatees in two different locations stayed super close to the boat and pier we were on and sought out the boys’ attention.  One was busy drinking from the boat and watching the their every move….the second was actually “asking” for belly rubs, sucking on Thatcher and Finn’s fingers, and shaking hands. While obviously free to leave at any moment, both manatees stayed and played with the us for a long time.  If it weren’t for the giant tarpon and two sharks we saw, you can bet the boys would have jumped in the water with both!

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